(DCC Athletics release)
GLENDIVE – The Dawson Community College cross country team compete for the first time at the program’s young historic Saturday at the Roy Griak Invitational hosted by the University of Minnesota. Dawson runners competed against Division II, III, and community college competition.
On a cool, crisp morning and under a light drizzle each Buccaneer set personal bests.
In her first cross country meet among nearly 200 women, Trinity Anderson completed the 6K race (3.7 miles) in a time of 28:50.
“She is only beginning, and with her performance this weekend, I am really excited to see how much she keeps improving,” said DCC Coach Ben Sandy. “She raced tough and handled the rolling course very well.”
On the men’s side, in a field of almost 200 men, Kolte Copp finished first for Dawson in the men’s 8K race (5 miles) in 35:26, three minutes faster than his performance in Rapid City a few weeks ago. Kolte credits his patience at the beginning of the race for his improvement.
“Kolte ran a smart race, and continued to chase down runners in front of him throughout the course,” said Sandy. “He is getting stronger with each week of training and I am eager to see what he does this week in Jamestown.”
Also finishing strong for the Buccaneers was Austin Rysavy with a five minute personal best time of 38:07. Over the past few weeks of training, Sandy could tell Austin was in for a breakthrough race as he has been showing drastic improvement in practice each week. Austin credits his great race to his ability to push the hills; something he and the team have been working on in practice.
“The training we have been doing is working beautifully,” Sandy said. “The runners are all continuing to improve and seeing the benefits of the hard work they are putting in each day. I know we will continue to do well in the coming weeks as the runners keep getting fitter and stronger.” He shared he knows good racing is still to come as the Buccaneers head to Jamestown this Friday, October 5th for the race starting at 4 p.m.